We are excited to embark on our 80th Year of business! For the following year, we will celebrate the history of our company as well as look forward to the future and what it might bring. There will be some changes coming up, but the most significant change has already taken place. In July, our 51 year partner and partner, John Dudding, entered into retirement. The business is now under the direction of Randy Briggs and his wife Lauren Briggs along with the three Briggs sons. We have updated our logo and will put up new signs on the building to show the change. Look for advances at the shop and online as we press on to the future and making our company stronger than it has ever been.
The name of Coops in collecting circles goes back nearly 100 years to 1907 when Fred W. Coops, Sr. at age 13, founded the Royale Stamp Company in Taunton, MA. It was a mail-order business that he could operate when he wasn’t working for his father, Charles, who was in the music business and manufactured pianos. His main vocation became the piano business, but the stamp company grew as well. As Fred married and had a family of his own, the piano company moved first to Tacoma, WA and subsequently to South Pasadena, CA.
Fred W. Coops, Jr. was born in South Pasadena in 1918 and grew up closely associated not only with pianos but stamps as his dad’s mail order flourished. Unfortunately though, the piano business he had been prepared to enter failed early in the Depression and father and son were faced with unemployment. Fred, Jr. graduated from high school in 1935 and in that same year both he and his father opened the stamp stores, but in different locations: Sr. in Pasadena on South Raymond and Jr. in San Bernardino.